The film industry has a long-standing reputation as a men's club, and recent statistics support this claim.
The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media regularly tracks data on gender parity in film and advocates for more equity both behind and on the screen. Only 7% of directors, 13% of writers, and 20% of producers are women, and men outnumber them in key production roles by nearly 5 to 1, according to the Institute.
The Archer Institute for Film & Video Literacy strives to overcome these statistics by encouraging a new generation of female filmmakers.
Archer's annual student-run festival is open to high school filmmakers in California and all girls' school students nationally. While the festival is dedicated to empowering female filmmakers, the goal is not to exclude men, but to include women. Each year, participants get the rare opportunity to screen their films at the festival and learn from high-level industry professionals at a series of panel discussions.
The MediaSpace opened on January 14, 2015, and it is the hub of Archer’s Institute for Film and Video Literacy program to further the School’s commitment to addressing the persistent lack of women in film and television. Designed for multiple courses to occur at once and to encourage cooperative learning across disciplines, the physical space is filled with bright colors and modern elements to nurture an active, collaborative environment.
The Archer School for Girls admits students of any race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or other legally protected status to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or other legally protected status in its hiring or in the administration of its educational policies and programs, admissions policies, financial aid programs or other school-administered programs.
The Archer School for Girls’ mission is to educate students in an environment specifically designed for girls. As such, the school will consider any candidate for admission who identifies as a girl. Once admitted to Archer, all students in good academic standing who abide by Archer’s code of conduct and who meet requirements for graduation will be eligible to receive an Archer diploma, regardless of any change in sexual identity or other legally protected status.